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E-commerce delay in product delivery can be misleading

The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) recently sanctioned three e-commerce operators for unfair commercial practices due to lack (or delay) in the delivery of products initially declared to be in stock and due to false...more

Federal Trade Commission Signals Intensified Focus on Security-By-Design and the Internet of Things With New Start with Security...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched a new Start with Security initiative that aims to provide businesses with resources, education and guidance on best practices for data security. Announced by FTC Consumer...more

Choppy Seas for Companies Falsely Claiming Compliance with U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

Ensuring and maintaining compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor principles should be a priority for U.S. entities receiving personal data relating to EU residents, in no small part to avoid the FTC leveling the charge and...more

California Supreme Court Details Antitrust Analysis of "Reverse Payment" Patent Settlements

Last week, in In re Cipro Cases I & II, Case No. S198616, the Supreme Court of California adopted the United States Supreme Court's application of the Rule of Reason to the antitrust analysis of so-called "reverse payment"...more

European Commission Antitrust Inquiry Set to Create Level Playing Field in E-Commerce

On May 6, 2015, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission (EC) competition directorate plans to conduct an 18-month "sector inquiry" into e-commerce. The inquiry will...more

California Supreme Court Delineates a Structured Rule of Reason Analysis for Evaluating Reverse Payment or Pay-for-Delay...

On May 7, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in In re Cipro Cases I & II, Case No. S198616 (May 7, 2015) (Cipro). Cipro holds that reverse payment settlements can be challenged under...more

EU Investigating Geo-Blocking of Online Video Games

On May 6, 2015, the European Competition Commission released a new Digital Single Market Plan, and simultaneously launched a broad antitrust investigation into e-commerce. The DSM plan, consisting of sixteen proposals, seeks...more

DOJ Sets its Sights on Antitrust Violations in the E-Commerce Marketplace

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Antitrust Division) continues to intensify and expand criminal enforcement of the antitrust laws. The results speak for themselves. In fiscal year 2014, the Antitrust...more

Following Actavis, California Supreme Court Crafts “Structured Rule of Reason” Test for Evaluating Pay-for-Delay Settlements

Last Thursday the Supreme Court of California decided In re Cipro Cases I & II, No. S198616 (Cal. May 7, 2015), holding that reverse payment, or “pay-for-delay,” settlements can be challenged as unreasonable restraints on...more

Online hotel booking: less room for MFN clauses

On 21 April 2015 the Italian, Swedish and French competition authorities announced the achievement of a settlement with Booking.com, at the time under investigation for having included in its agreement with partner hotels...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2015

On 15 April 2015, the European Commission (EC) sent a Statement of Objections (preliminary statement of case) to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services...more

CPAs Need to Sharpen Awareness of IT Threats

In the most recent “North America Top Technology Initiatives Survey Results,” CPAs responding to the poll ranked “securing the IT environment” as the number-one priority, followed by “managing and retaining data,” “ensuring...more

A Primer on FTC Expectations for Your Partner and Vendor Relationships: Enforcement Shows You Are Your Brother’s Keeper

With all of the privacy and data security enforcement actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission in recent years, and with all of the guidance distributed by the FTC in that time frame, it is easy to get caught up in...more

Can Computers Conspire to Fix Prices?

Strange as it sounds, maybe we’re getting closer to the day we have to seriously consider liability for computer conspiracies. On April 6, David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of posters, prints and...more

Europe’s Antitrust Investigation into Google Could Change the Cellphone Industry

In a long line of European regulators taking aggressive stances against American tech companies, Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s (EU) antitrust chief, is determined to pursue antitrust claims against Google....more

FTC Obtains $26.8 Million in Disgorgement to Settle Monopolization Claims

On April 17, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a settlement with Cardinal Health, Inc. (Cardinal) to resolve allegations that Cardinal, the largest and in certain areas the sole operator of...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s...more

First IoT Legal and Business Framework Webinar: Summary of Conclusions!

Thank you all for attending our webinar on the “Internet of Things Legal and Business Framework”. For those who could not attend, the main conclusions are summarized below...more

Is the FRAND Regime Due for an Overhaul?

In today’s technology-heavy world, technical interoperability standards are quite common. Because those standards are often patented, patent owners may have the ability to extract a monopoly price and some argue those owners...more

Cardinal Health Agrees to Settle Monopolization Claims

The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced on April 20, 2015 that it had entered into a stipulated consent order ("Order") with Cardinal Health, Inc. ("Cardinal"). The Order, which is pending court approval, requires...more

District Court Dismisses All Claims Against Warner Chilcott and Mayne Pharmaceuticals in “Product Hopping” Case

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania handed Warner Chilcott PLC and Mayne Pharmaceuticals (Defendants) a victory on Thursday April 16, 2015 in the Doryx “product hopping” case. ...more

First E-commerce Price Fixing Prosecution Yields Swift Guilty Plea

In what it is calling the Antitrust Division’s “first criminal prosecution against a conspiracy specifically targeting e-commerce,” the Department of Justice has announced that an individual has agreed to plead guilty to...more

DOJ’s Endorsement of IEEE Patent Policy Takes Center Stage at IP Antitrust Conference

On April 14 in Washington, DC, Global Competition Review hosted its Second Annual IP & Antitrust USA conference. The conference covered various hot topics being closely followed by IP antitrust practitioners, including (1)...more

FTC Scrutinizes Two Companies For Falsely Reporting Compliance With E.U. Safe Harbor In Privacy Policies

On April 7, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that two companies have agreed to settle claims that the companies failed to update their privacy policies to reflect lapsed compliance with the U.S.-E.U. and...more

EU antitrust authorities to take value of personal data into consideration when reviewing digital markets in merger and antitrust...

In an interview on 9 April 2015, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager indicated that companies who control personal data could come under increased scrutiny from European antitrust authorities. She recognises...more

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